Ashley Lopez en Lifestyle, College, English 5/7/2016 · 2 min de lectura · +700

The Land of the United


More than 200 years ago, our founding fathers fought and died for this nation in hopes of creating a country free from the clutches of tyranny. In fact they created the Declaration of Independence for that very reason, it states that all men are created equal and promises us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution lays out specific rights in its first 10 amendments to protect the civil liberties of the people because this country is of the people, by the people, and for the people. The founders should be so proud of what they accomplished; they created the country of their, and our, dreams. They establish their hopes, their visions, their aspirations within the preamble of the Constitution with these words—"in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice . . . and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."

In 1892, Francis Bellamy wrote the first Draft of the Pledge of Allegiance. In the modern day Pledge we hear the ideals set forth in the constitution through the phrase "... with Liberty and justice for all".

Our founding fathers meant to inspire their future and they have, as is evident through the words and actions of inspirational leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Abraham Lincoln; all these people fought, and died, for the rights of the people, in order to strive for a more perfect Union, as our founding fathers set out.

However, there's one problem in our present day circumstance; the words of our ancestors seem to have lost meaning. That's not government's fault, but ours. It's just now in our history class we learn of all the wrong as we've done wrong however, we don't learn of what we did right, or more importantly we aren't taught how to right those wrongs, how to prevent them, how to grow from. It's saddening to see my generation having so much hate against this almost perfect country. I have to admit it is very hard to overlook our mistakes but they are mistakes from which we learn from. So, exactly what do the words "Liberty and justice for all" mean to me.

Well, just because I live here I have the right or the liberty, to pursue an education to pursue a career of my desire. And if anywhere along the line I feel the need of changing said career, I have the liberty to do so. Just like I have the freedom of speech freedom of religion freedom of press. I have a YouTube channel where I say what I want when I want share my passion to whom ever I want. Why?

Because I live her in this nation. My father is in jail right now. Is he a criminal, no he made a mistake so ended up there. Fortunately, in prison, he took classes on drawing, calligraphy, English, math. He received a basic education. Thanks to this justice system he’s getting his act together, finally. I’m so thankful for this justice. Now there is a huge debate if this country is truly for all. Biggest argument immigration, if it were truly for all why are Latinos oppressed. Well there are many opportunities to be able to live in this nation legally just a while ago my step father got his social security number and is a legal resident without ever leaving this country. Law enforcement protects our rights as well, you could just look all the times my mom was protected by law enforcement in her late night shifts at her work when she was assaulted, even though when they arrive it was the perpetrator who was bruised and beaten half to death not my mom.

Liberty and justice for all is a reminder from our founding fathers to achieve that perfect Union each and every time. We as their descendants have the moral obligation to improve this government, not just for them but for us and our future. We, as the current generation, must understand the past is the past, we must move forward, improve. If there are regulations that limit our rights oppose them. If there is corruption, abolish it. We can't just sit here and complain, we must follow in our ancestors' footsteps and change for the better, for liberty and justice for all. These words to live by. As John F. Kennedy once said " Don't ask what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country."

For me "Liberty and justice for all" is a goal set upon us to constantly reach for. A status that this country and it's citizens are meant to become, Difficult yes, but ideal none the less. We know, they knew, we can't be perfect but we can always be better. The land of the free, the land of the righteous, the land of the United. We are Liberty and justice for all.

The Land of the United


Young Historians 6/7/2016 · #4

Thank you!

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debasish majumder 5/7/2016 · #3

Great post! discerning philosophy. enjoyed reading profusely. thank you very much @Ashley Lopez for sharing the post.

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Donna-Luisa Eversley 5/7/2016 · #2

Ashley Lopez, thanks for sharing this. History seems to be forgotten somehow, or watered down to the benefit of some. You have clearly stated the hope for the present , "We as their descendants have the moral obligation to improve this government, not just for them but for us and our future." Improvement is an ongoing process, lest complacency steps in and what was fought for is lost.

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Randy Keho 5/7/2016 · #1

Well said, Ashley. Too bad that it seems like the only time people look to the words of our forefathers today, is to adapt or twist them to their needs. The words may as well be names and numbers in a phonebook and there's no longer much need for a phonebook.

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